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Hello Tuscany from 2 to 9 May 2019

Group of 16 guests, half-board,  2nd. to 9th. May 2019

The first day –  May 2, 2019 Thursday
When you leave the terminal, a car will be waiting for you to take the entire group to the Villa La Muccia hotel, where you will be staying during the trip, and this will be the daily basis for departures and all the places we will visit on short trips. If it is a morning flight and we arrive at the hotel in the afternoon we will stop on the way to a little drink and when we arrive we will have lunch. If we arrive in the evening it will be a full dinner at the hotel.

The second day – May 3, 2019 Friday
After breakfast at the hotel, we head to Lake Trasimeno, after a visit to the lakeshore town of Castiglione del Lago, a centuries-old city surrounded by centuries-old fortified fortresses, as well as dozens of shops offering art and food that characterize Umbria, in the city’s coffee shops and restaurants. We will go for a cruise in the lake, visit the large inhabited island, in the middle of the lake. Evening dinner and wine at the pool area.

The third day – May 4, 2019 Saturday
After breakfast at the hotel we head to the city of Siena, the second most important art city in Tuscany after Firenze. In this city we will visit one of the wonders of the world that UNESCO declared as the heritage of mankind, the Siena duomo. It appears to be works of art from the fifteenth century by Donatello, Michael Angelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Lunch is not included, you can eat in the many coffee shops and restaurants of Siena for two hours free to walk around.
On the way back from Siena we will visit the Monte Oliveto Monastery ”Monte Oliveto Maggiore”, a 14th century Benedictine monastery with frescoes by the greatest Renaissance painters, 36 works of art, each with a wall size and a story, as well as the 800-year-old museum and pharmacy as well as wine and olive oil tasting Produced by the monks.
Dinner will be served at the hotel. Wine by the pool until late at night.

The fourth day – May 5, 2019 Sunday
After breakfast, we head to Florence by car or by train for an hour and 20 minutes arrive in the center of Florence”Firenze” the center of the cradle of human civilization. We will tour the city and see the wonderful statues, the river that crosses the city and the ancient bridge ”Ponte Vecchio” which survived the Second World War. A tour of the city’s ancient center with its unique markets and beauty, here Dan Brown writes his books in his impressions of the city and its mystery. Lunch is not included in Florence’s many shops and restaurants during the two free hours.
In late afternoon we shall return by train to the hotel for dinner with wine until late at night.

The fifth day – May 6 2019 Monday
After breakfast, we head to the city of Cortona, first visit the Cortona region in the Franciscan monastery founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1240. We shall see his cell in the convent, we will see the garden of the monastery and the old church. We will continue to the basilica of St. Margherita, where its 800-year-old body is mummified and can be seen, we will get an explanation of the life and work of Santa Margherita. The city of Cortona was built 3000 years ago by the Etruscans and was built prior to Rome. We will walk through the narrow and ancient alleys. Lunch is not included and you can grab something light in the many restaurants and cafeterias in the city, two hours free. Afternoon visit to Valdichiana Outlet Village, where there are 120 shops of the best Italian fashion , this visit is not mandatory and those who prefer to stay in the cafe for a while can do so. Towards evening we return to the hotel for a full meal and wine.

The sixth day – May 7, 2019 Tuesday
After breakfast, we head to the Wine Road of  the Chiana Valley ”Valdichiana” and to Montepulciano wine town where we will enjoy the finest wines of the Tuscan region and considered to be the best in Italy. Along the main street we shall walk by dozens of boutiques, restaurants and stands and spectacular views. After a visit to the city, we shall continue to the city of Pienza, famous for the Pecorino cheeses, and amazing views.
Dinner at the hotel and then wine with good mood around the enlightened pool.

The Seventh Day 8 – May 2019 Wednesday
After breakfast we head to Arezzo, which is the provincial city of the Chiana Valley, visit the main street Via Roma where we will stroll leisurely through the narrow streets and the ancient alleys, visit the great Roman church and the Piazza of the city. Seating in cafes and watching passers-by is possible all along. At noon we shall return to the hotel for a rest until evening. There may be a change and a visit to the town of Chiusi where we can see the tunnel built by the Etruscans 3000 years ago and all the findings that the archaeologists found there. On the eve of a gala dinner at the excellent Canta Napoli restaurant .

 The eighth day – May 9, 2019 Thursday
After breakfast transfer to Rome for our flight back home.

Arrivederci Toscana…until the next time, because those who once visited Tuscany are infected with the ”virus Tuscany”, and will return again and again …

The group will be composed of maximum  16 passengers and escort personnel in two van-type vehicles. driver plus 8 guests per vehicle.

Includes:
Accommodation in Villa La Mucchia, half board, escort from the airport and back, all the activities listed in the program, there may be changes in the route or days according to the weather conditions and suitability for the comfort of the passengers.
Rich breakfasts and dinners.

Not includes:

airfare Tel Aviv – Rome – Tel Aviv

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